I thought yoga went out of style back when the Beatles broke up — but here we are in 2016, and it’s suddenly more popular than ever.
And naturally, people make all kinds of wild claims about it.
Yoga can help you lose weight. Yoga can chase away “bad energy.” Yoga can help you detoxify.
There’s even an entire website that claims yoga can “heal” diabetes.
Can you believe this nonsense?
The only benefit you can get from yoga are the benefits of a good stretch — so I’m not surprised by a study that claims yoga is about as good for back pain as physical therapy.
Stretching is good for your back, so it’s bound to help. But the other junk that comes with yoga is about as helpful as a sixth toe — and in the study, that’s not all the volunteers got.
Along with their stretching exercises, they had to sit through a lot of BS about nonviolence, moderation, and self-acceptance.
I’d rather deal with the back pain that have to listen to that bunk!
The folks who attended PT didn’t get a lecture, but they did get a book about back pain. Even if you never open the book, that already sounds more useful than yoga.
Early on, some folks in yoga found themselves in MORE pain than they were before.
Folks in PT didn’t have that problem.
Over the long term, however, there were roughly equal improvements in both groups and most folks were pretty happy with the results either way.
Hey, if you want to fork your hard-earned cash over to some phony yogi and have to sit through mindless lectures in a sweat-stinkin’ room, be my guest.
But if you want REAL solutions for back pain, hold onto your cash and do an internet search for “stretching exercises for back pain.”
You can do these in the privacy of your own home and get all the benefits of yoga without the chanting, smelly candles, brain-rotting lectures, and dopey poses.
Stretching alone can often ease back pain; but if you need a little more help, don’t stop there.
Take the cash you were going to waste on yoga and invest in some massage sessions instead — because massage is as good as drugs for many common forms of back pain.
Just pass on the offer of a “free massage” from a friend or relative; you could end up in more pain than you were before if they hit the wrong spot. Look for an honest-to-goodness therapeutic massage delivered by a skilled professional.
Trust me: NOTHING feels quite as good as that massage.
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